Treasured Maps

Prior to the advent of the Cartesian coordinate system for mapping, Flemish mapmaker Gerardus Mercator created maps of the world drawn not from calculations, but from memory and perception. Inspired in part by these maps, Laleh Mehran and Chris Coleman’s new multimedia exhibition, Transitional Fragments, imagines and maps our world using high-density polyethylene carved out into shapes that resemble satellite views of cities coming up out of the clouds.

“We’ve never seen anything like this because it’s been impossible before now,” says Ivar Zeile of Plus Gallery, where the exhibit is being shown. “I like to think of Plus as a place for experimentation and artists who are very forward-thinking, and this really is something that I think plays off of technology in a way that you won’t really find in too many contexts.”

Zeile notes that while Mehran and Coleman’s work has been widely displayed at institutions (like the University of Denver, where they both teach), this will be the first time it has been shown in a gallery context. “I’m very intrigued by new-media artists, because technology has come so far that it’s really allowing us to do astounding things that even a few years ago you wouldn’t be able to see,” he adds.

Transitional Fragments opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Plus Gallery, 2501 Larimer Street. For more information, visit
Thu., March 13, 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: March 13. Continues through April 19, 2014

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